Articles written by: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith has had a passion for cars since he began working at his grandfather’s gas station at the age 10. After graduating from Iowa State University with a journalism degree in 1978, he combined his two passions: cars and writing. Smith began writing for Car Craft magazine in 1979 and became editor in 1984. In 1987, he assumed the role of editor for Hot Rod magazine before returning to his first love of writing technical stories. Since 2003, Jeff has held various positions at Car Craft (including editor), has written books on small block Chevy performance, and even cultivated an impressive collection of 1965 and 1966 Chevelles. Now he serves as a regular contributor to OnAllCylinders.

Here's the photo of D.W.'s in-progress engine build. (Image courtesy of Jeff Smith)
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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Setup Recommendations for a Supercharged EFI & Nitrous Combo

I am building a 355 cubic inch small-block Chevy with AFR 1065 220cc Race Ready AFR heads, an Erson roller cam, and FiTech fuel injection. Can I use a wet […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How to Measure Accurately for a Shorter Timing Chain

I’m building an iron 6.0L LS engine and just tried installing the timing set and the chain is super loose. I wasn’t sure how old this timing set was so […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting Idling Problems in a 429 Ford

I have a 429 Ford in a Torino I bought about five months ago. The previous owner told me it has a flat tappet hydraulic performance cam but he didn’t […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Making Valve Lash Adjustments with Little Engine Information

I just bought a cool ’70 Camaro with a 396 motor in it. The guy I bought it from said it had a “hot rod” camshaft in it. It idles […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How Do I Drive My Pro Street Car at Highway Speeds Without Damaging Gears?

I have a Pro Street Camaro with a big-block Chevy, TH400, Dana 60 and 4.30 gears. I just bought this car a few months ago. The gear ratio is what […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Clean or Replace Corroded Fuse Boxes to Cure Random Non-Battery-Related Power Loss

I just bought a ’68 Olds Cutlass from a local guy. It’s in really great shape and I got a good deal because the previous owner was fed up with […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Will My New EFI System Work With My Setup?

I just bought the EZ-EFI and I’m still waiting for delivery. I have a 455 Pontiac. For the last couple of days, I’ve been reading up on it (should’ve done […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Here’s Why More Engine Boost Doesn’t Always Mean More Power
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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Here’s Why More Engine Boost Doesn’t Always Mean More Power

I was watching a dyno test video the other day with a couple of cam swaps on a supercharged LS3. On the first test, a slightly bigger cam showed more […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Exploring Parasitic Power Loss in an Autocross Car
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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Exploring Parasitic Power Loss in an Autocross Car

I have a small-block, four-speed ’71 Camaro that I race in autocross. How much horsepower do the following items use on a small-block at 6,000 rpm? Even a guesstimate would […]

This is a Baer 6-piston caliper. You would calculate the area the same way as a four-piston except multiply the area by three instead of two. Larger calipers with more pistons apply load to the brake pad over a greater area of the pad, improving performance. (Image/Baer)
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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Using Master Cylinder Math to Solve Brake Pedal Woes

  I have a ’64 El Camino that has been converted to front discs using 1970 Chevelle parts. I was told that I should change the master cylinder as well, […]